Scholarly or popular sources
"Scholarly" or "popular" are terms used to describe a source's content, purpose, audience, appearance, citations and more. Popular sources are useful for getting ideas for a topic or for background and anecdotal information.
Typically, however, you should support your arguments by citing scholarly articles, which contain original research written by experts . Ask the Librarian or your instructor if you're unsure about a source.
Many article databases that the library subscribes to allow you to limit your results to scholarly sources.
Some points to remember:
A PRIMARY SOURCE is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:
Examples of primary sources include:
A SECONDARY SOURCE interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Some types of seconday sources include:
Examples of secondary sources include: